University of Redlands

Student Teaching & Teaching Internship 

All teacher candidates will complete either student teaching or a teaching internship as the culminating fieldwork experience for their program. In order to student teach or intern, teacher candidates must submit a complete application by the deadline of the semester they plan to complete the fieldwork. Please thoroughly read through the deadlines, requirements, and application instructions.

Application Deadlines

Semester

Deadline to submit Application

Spring 2021

Student Teaching Application - CLOSED (September 1, 2020)

Internship Application - reviewed on a rolling basis between July 27 - December 13, 2020. Last day to submit for review is December 13, 2020

Fall 2021

Student Teaching Application - Friday, May 14, 2021

Internship Application - reviewed on a rolling basis between December 14, 2020 - August 7, 2021. Last day to submit for review is August 7, 2021. 

Spring 2022

Student Teaching Application - Tuesday, September 6, 2021

Internship Application - reviewed on a rolling basis between August 8 - December 11, 2021. Last day to submit for review is December 11, 2021. 

Please note that late applications will not be accepted and incomplete applications will not be considered. All application materials must be received by the Office of Student Success by the designated deadline.

Applications

Student Teaching Requirements & Application Instructions

During student teaching, teacher candidates will be paired with a Cooperating Teacher in one of our partnered school districts full-time for at least 14-weeks. The experienced Cooperating Teacher will model teaching practices to the student and provide daily guidance. The student will start by observing their Cooperating Teacher and gradually build up to full-time, solo teaching. Student Teachers are supported every other week by a University Supervisor.

Student Teaching Requirements 

· GPA requirement: Student teachers must have a 3.0 or above cumulative GPA in pre-service foundations and methods courses. No courses below a 2.0.

· Students must clear all registration/financial holds on account. 

· Certificate of Clearance: Students must have a valid Certificate of Clearance with CCTC during the program and at the time of application. 

· Students must have a current valid CPR certificate (infant, child, and adult) at the time of application. The submitted certificate must also remain valid during the entire time of student teaching. 

· TB test: Students must have proof of a current negative tuberculosis test that will not expire prior to completion of student teaching. TB tests expire after 2 years

· Subject Matter Competency. Subject-matter competency is met either through successful completion of all CSET section(s) or by submission of a waiver letter from a CCTC approved institution. 

 

Application Instructions

1. Complete the Student Teaching Application.

Upload the following required documents to the application form:

  • CPR Certificate

The certificate must state that it covers infants, children, and adults. If it does not, proof must be provided that shows the course covered these areas. The certificate must remain valid during the entire time of student teaching

 

  • Negative TB test

The submitted TB test must remain valid during the entire time of student teaching.

 

  • Subject Matter Competency

Proof of meeting subject matter competency such as a waiver letter of CSET exam scores.

 

The application must be submitted by the designated deadline and have all required documents uploaded. Late applications will not be accepted. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Teaching Internship Requirements & Instructions

Interested teacher candidates can seek a teaching internship to fulfill their fieldwork hour requirements. As an intern, the candidate is a full-time employee of a district with a classroom of their own. It is the candidate's responsibility to secure a full-time position in their credential field. The University of Redlands will oversee the candidate for at least 14-weeks in this position providing approximately 72 hours of support. Interns are supported weekly by a district-assigned mentor, a University Supervisor, and a teaching seminar course.

Candidates must be prepared to take on this immense responsibility and it is only recommended to those who have prior teaching experience. Candidates are encouraged to apply for student teaching as well, in case an internship does not present itself. 

Teaching Internship Requirements 

· Must have a Bachelor's degree.

· Candidates may apply after completing a minimum of 12 credits in their current teacher prep program (grades must be posted).

· Grade requirement: 3.0 Grade (or equivalent) or higher in ALL pre-service foundations and methods courses. 

· Students must clear all registration/financial holds on account. 

· Certificate of Clearance: Students must have a valid Certificate of Clearance with CCTC during the program and at the time of application. 

· Students must have a current valid CPR certificate (infant, child, and adult) at the time of application. The submitted certificate must also remain valid during the entire internship. 

· TB test: Students must have proof of a current negative tuberculosis test that will not expire prior to completion of the program and teaching internship. TB tests expire after 2 years

· Subject Matter Competency. Subject-matter competency is met either through successful completion of all CSET section(s) or by submission of a waiver letter from a CCTC approved institution. 

· Have met the U.S. Constitution requirement for the credential.

Application Instructions

Internship applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. You will hear back regarding your application within 2 weeks. Missing documents or submitting documents that do not meet the requirements will cause a delay in the review process.

1. Fill out the Teaching Internship Application.

Upload the following required documents to the application form:

CPR Certificate

The certificate must state that it covers infants, children, and adults. If it does not, proof must be provided that shows the course covered these areas. The certificate must remain valid during the entire time of student teaching

 

Negative TB test

The submitted TB test must remain valid during the entire time of student teaching.

 

Subject Matter Competency

Proof of meeting subject matter competency such as a waiver letter of CSET exam scores.

U.S. Constitution Requirement

 

Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for this application if official transcripts are on file with Registrar’s Office.

 

Resume

Should include education and teaching experiences.

 

Essay

The essay should address the following: Describe your personal achievements, experiences, and the skills that you possess which have prepared you for an internship. Explain how you are ready to be the sole teacher in the classroom instead of pursing the student teaching route.

 

2 Letters of Recommendation from outside sources

Letters must be written on official letterhead and dated within the last year.

 

2 Letter of Recommendations from University of Redlands’ Methods or Foundation Instructors

Submitted using the Instructor Recommendation Form

 

 

All items must be received before the designated deadline. Late application materials will not be accepted. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

UoR Instructor Letter of Recommendation Form (Intern Application)

For students seeking a Teaching Internship, two letters of recommendation are required from University of Redlands' Methods or Foundation Instructors for the application. The student will share the form below with the instructors.

Students, please be considerate of the instructor's time and give them advance notice of the application deadline. Letters of recommendation must be received by the application deadline. 

Instructor Recommendation Form 

Orientations for Fieldwork

All students advancing to student teaching or a teaching internship must attend a mandatory orientation prior to the semester that they will be in the field. Students will be invited to this orientation once they have been approved to student teach and/or been found intern eligible. The orientations will take place at the Redlands campus but will be available online for students at the regional campuses and in online programs. 

See orientation dates here. 

FAQ/Topics

When do I need to pass my CSET exams?

Students must pass all CSET exams prior to the application deadline for the semester that they plan to student teach or intern. We do not make exceptions for CSET exams or extend the application deadline because CSETs have not been passed. Students should be aware of CSET test release dates and plan accordingly so that CSET results are received prior to the application deadline.  

What if I have not passed my CSET exams and/or I am not ready to apply for student teaching/teaching internship?

Students have a couple of options and with each option comes pros and cons. It is highly recommended that students discuss these options with their academic advisor to find out which route is the best for them.

Leave of Absence Option: Students can take a Leave of Absence (LOA) until they are able to pass their CSETs. Students can remain on an LOA for up to a year. Any longer and students have to be readmitted to the school. This is a good option for students who are struggling to balance the load of coursework and the additional time to study for CSETs. It will give them a moment to pause from the program and focus on their exams. This option will extend their program length. If a student plans to take an LOA, they need to review the steps on our Key Student Forms page and contact their academic advisor.

Swap Student Teaching/Interning with MALT 610A Option*: Students can swap the order that they complete student teaching/internship and MALT 610. Many students elect to take this route so their program is not extended. However, ideally, students complete student teaching/interning before MALT 610, that way they can use their experiences in the classroom to complete their thesis project. Please know that MALT 610 are rigorous courses and many students find it tough to balance while still studying for CSET exams. Students should discuss this option with their academic advisor.

*This option only applies to MALT students.

When do TB Tests expire?

TB tests expire after 2 years. It needs to remain current during student teaching/interning and when you apply for the Preliminary Credential.

CPR Certificate

All student teachers and interns must have a valid CPR certificate that covers infants, children, and adults. It needs to remain current during student teaching/interning and when students apply for the Preliminary Credential. Students should be sure to check the expiration date on the CPR card to ensure that it will not expire while they are in the field. If it will expire, it needs to be renewed for the student teaching or intern application.

U.S. Constitution Requirement

If students are applying to be an intern, they must show proof of meeting the U.S. Constitution Requirement. All students will ultimately need to meet this requirement to be recommended for the Preliminary Credential.

Internship Review Process

After the application closes the Office of Student Success (OSS) will review applications. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all required documents have been submitted. Late documents will not be accepted and incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please carefully follow the application instructions, properly title all required documents, and submit all items by the deadline.  

After OSS has reviewed the applications documents, a faculty committee will complete a second review and will decide who becomes intern eligible. If found eligible, OSS will provide an Intern Eligibility Letter which can be used on job applications. It will indicate to districts that the University of Redlands will recommend students for an intern credential if they hire them. An Intern Credential is good for 2 years.

If found intern eligible, it is the student’s responsibility to find a full-time teaching position where they can be overseen as an intern. The position must be in the same credential field as the credential that they are seeking in the program. OSS does not find internships for students.

Students may apply for student teaching as a backup in case they are unable to secure an internship. This application is separate and needs to be submitted by the proper deadline. While students are job hunting, OSS will set up a student teaching placement for students. If students find an internship, we will cancel the placement. If students do not find an internship, they can accept the placement.

Student Teaching Review/Placement Process

After the Student Teaching Request Form closes, the Office of Student Success (OSS) will review applications to determine if students are indeed ready to advance to student teaching. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all required documents have been submitted. Late documents will not be accepted and incomplete applications will be denied. Please carefully follow the application instructions, properly title all required documents, and submit all items by the deadline.  

Once applications are reviewed, OSS will send student teaching placement requests to the preferred districts indicated in the application. Districts will then contact schools/principals who then reach out to individual teachers. This is a slow process. OSS is typically securing placements for 150+ student teachers each semester and the placement process takes months. OSS will notify all students about their student teaching placement approximately two weeks prior to the semester start.

Can I find my own student teaching placement?

Students may not make their own student teaching placements. All student teaching placements are coordinated through the Office of Student Success with partnered schools/districts. Every effort will be made to place a student in a preferred district indicated in their student teaching request form. 

Student Teaching Placements & Conflicts of Interest

Student Teaching placements will not be made where there is a potential conflict of interest. This includes being a school site where a relative works, children attend, or where students have been previously employed (not including substitute teaching). Students need to indicate any conflict of interests in districts they are requesting on their student teaching request form. 

Can I be placed with a cooperating teacher who was my former instructor, an acquaintance, a family friend, a family member, etc?

No. The Office of Student Success expects that all student teachers and interns benefit from diverse training and education that are not based on previous relationships. This is to assure that previously established biases (positive or negative) would not impact student teachers and interns during their fieldwork.

If students have any additional questions, they should contact their academic advisor.

 

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